Tips for clinical competency committees

Residency Program Insider, October 16, 2015

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The clinical competency committee (CCC) is a new addition with the Next Accreditation System but the concept is not a new one. GME has always required a group of diverse faculty to assist the program director in monitoring resident progress toward graduation and assist with the remediation process of struggling learners.

While the CCC and Milestone reporting process are relatively new, the following are some suggested best practices:
•    CCC membership is a significant time commitment. A program director should ensure faculty understand this and can commit the necessary time to complete accurate assessments. Ideally, a program director should attempt to negotiate a small amount of protected time for CCC faculty.
•    Encourage faculty to include detailed comments in the resident evaluation process.
•    Create a portfolio. Ensure that all resident assessments, duty hour logging, and didactic attendance (and the list goes on) are assembled in a central place that is easy for faculty to review.
•    Practice makes perfect! A “practice round” of CCC reporting using a fabricated resident portfolio makes the actual reporting go much more smoothly.
•    Get out the map. Create a map of evaluation and assessment items back to applicable competencies, subcompetencies, and Milestones.

Source: The Residency Program Director’s Handbook, Second Edition

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